The businessman behind an ambitious plan to build a £30m third river crossing in Lowestoft has sent a personal plea to prime minister David Cameron urging him to support the scheme.

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Peter Colby, who hails from Lowestoft and runs Peter Colby Commercials, has drawn up proposals for a new tidal barrage and road crossing over Lake Lothing designed to improve transport links and ease congestion in the town.

He says his scheme – based on a similar principle to a Dutch North Sea polder dam – would also help protect Lowestoft from flooding and open up large areas of dockside land for development.

In an effort to take his scheme forward, Mr Colby has sent a letter to No 10 Downing Street asking David Cameron to support his plans and help overcome “stifling bureaucracy”.

In it, he explained to the prime minister how the barrage would help protect Lowestoft from flooding and regenerate 220 acres of land.

Mr Colby’s letter states: “I would like to bring your attention to a development we are proposing in Lowestoft which, we believe, would benefit the town, trade and environment.

“We propose a barrage. It is our aim to make this scheme work.

“We need your help because the bureaucracy we will encounter will be stifling.

“The cost of the scheme is about £30m, some of which can come from private investment (businesses that will benefit by the third crossing), but we need government financial support.

“Please Mr Cameron, will you help Lowestoft by turning the wheel?”

Copies of the letter have been sent to Waveney MP Peter Aldous, senior members of Waveney district and Suffolk county councils, Associated British Ports and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

The road crossing, provided by lifting bridges on either side of a lock, would provide a continuous link with the A12.

It would join the Waveney Drive/Tom Crisp Way roundabout from the South Lowestoft Relief road in the south and stretch across Lake Lothing to the Rotterdam Road roundabout in the north. Northbound traffic would continue by Peto Way.

24 comments

  • All of the comment focus on transport this the largest factor in making Lowestoft viable for the retail trade. But to preserve the town the flood risk must be addressed .This the barrage does well. If you wish to protect Lowestoft from the north sea. Sign the petition on the webb site www. lowestoftalive.com

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    Peter Colby

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • It's because the third crossing will initially make it easier to drive that ultimately it will create more congestion. There will be no incentive to consider alternatives

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    oultonbroadman

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • A good start for funding of this scheme would be the 6 million for the waste of money new cycle bridge for the few cyclists in Lowestoft. If we got the third crossing which would save Lowestoft from becoming another dead town, the cyclists could have half the bascule bridge

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    DaveG

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • Back to that £6.25 million: the public transport improvements should speak for themselves. there can be a debate about whether they're the best ideas in the sustainable transport context, but it's money to encourage alternatives to the car so can't be spent on a third crossing. If the bridge only gets a small percentage of cars off the roads it will still be more than a third crossing would. In any case, it's not just about that. It's also about improving people's health and the sooner children ae away from the 'jump in the car' culture the better. they grow op relaising there are alternatives

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    oultonbroadman

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • ...and the award for deluded eejit of the year goes to....Mr Colby, your heart is undoubtedly in the right place, sadly your brain isn't. Still, stories like this make me smirk....every village needs its id1ot I suppose....

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    merrydancer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • I have no knowledge of oultonbroadman 's private life so am unable to comment on his relative prowess as a time trialist as Sifu has done (although his splendid written English suggests that he is probably not Fabian Cancellara) and I bet his tyres (and probably Fabian's) are Continental Gatorskins manufactured in Germany – a country with very exacting environmental standards. As for the bottle bank sorting, in most areas glass is put in the blue bin with the plastics and paper for collection and not sorted into beer bottles and the rest. Back to the topic. I really wonder what kind of jobs and investment Sifu envisages for Lowestoft? The days of large numbers of unskilled or low-skilled jobs in manufacturing and processing industries are long gone. The Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour Project which would have put considerable strain on the A12 is a dead duck. The high tech and creative industries of the future require excellent broadband, not more roads. Their well-educated employees tend to whizz about on single speed bikes or fixies in my experience. We need to deal with the dereliction and create a more attractive environment to inject some life into the place, not build more roads.

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    point du jour

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Hello again Sifu - yes, most people prefer the car but people have got to face reality. Why don't you actually try to answer my points about carbon emissions, - and all my other points - instead of just saying everything's justified because the majority prefer cars and your side must be right because I'm the only one arguing different. So many car users wont face up to the reality or they just don't care. I might be a lone voice in the Journal - not entirely! - but more generally I'm not. I assure you that no few people quietly tell me that they agree with me and admire what I do - ordinary people, not green activists and such like. Unfortunately I can't persuade them to write. Not everyone likes getting into public debates and those whith an apparently minority view are often nervous of being ridiculed. Also, if they don't support a third crossing they may not be bothered. There is no evidence that building roads and increasing traffic improves the economy and employment. Getting unncessary traffic off roads does. Are you saying that all car journeys of two miles or less are justified simply because it's what those individuals prefer and the consequences don't matter?

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    oultonbroadman

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • The PM asks his staff "where is Lowestoft?" and the reply is "It's a small town somewhere on the east coast, not important enough to worry about!" We all know this has been going on for sometime now, it's never going to happen. About £30m, and the rest! Then the question comes, is it going to be a toll crossing? so our council can make more money out of people on minimum wage just trying to scrape by. I'll be glad when I don't have any body that depends on me in Lowestoft so I can leave this town and money grabbing council.

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    AJC

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Dave G- It's £1.25 million being spent on the bridge and £5 million on public transport improvements. The money cannot be transferred because Suffolk County Council bidded for Government funds under the Sustainable Transport Initiative in competion with other councils, They had to state precisely what the money would be spent on and what the benefits would be. Therefore they can't simply change their mind about what to spend it on. There aren't just a few cyclists in Lowestoft - the amount of cycling is significantly above the national average and we should build on that. I daresay that you along with others have laughed at "what the benefits will be." There is more to come after I've had a good sleep.

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    oultonbroadman

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • Dave G- It's £1.25 million being spent on the bridge and £5 million on public transport improvements. The money cannot be transferred because Suffolk County Council bidded for Government funds under the Sustainable Transport Initiative in competion with other councils, They had to state precisely what the money would be spent on and what the benefits would be. Therefore they can't simply change their mind about what to spend it on. There aren't just a few cyclists in Lowestoft - the amount of cycling is significantly above the national average and we should build on that. I daresay that you along with others have laughed at "what the benefits will be." There is more to come after I've had a good sleep.

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    oultonbroadman

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • It's because we should be encouraging sustainable transport use that the rail lines should not stop at Oulton Broad, Lowestoft station stay where it is and refurbishing the station should be a priority. Why don't car owners using them for journeys of less than 2 miles or just a bit further consider alternatives and stop being selfish?

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    oultonbroadman

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Sifu - our fundamental disagreement is that you believe that a third crossing will get traffic moving in the town and thus employers will come here. As someone who reads loads of transport reports as a recognised consultee, I'm saying that all the evidence shows that ultimately building more roads creates more traffic and congestion. It might take a little while but ultimately it does.

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    oultonbroadman

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Oultonbroadman! Nice try by you: I should change my name for you to Nemesis ha! Well my guess is you probably buy schwalbe tyres. Now even if everyone in Lowestoft ditched there car what do you think public transport would look like? it would be a disaster it would look like an Ants nest clambering over a grain of sugar, and what about all the people who work say in great Yarmouth or Norwich and there is a lot of them who travel from Lowestoft to their places of work. So the solution is more businesses factory’s Shops who employ more local people. But even if everyone cycled to work there will be congestion still and more accidents as most days the roads will look like a sprint finish in the tour de France ha! And the paths will be littered with lycra louts even more. So there has to be room for all modes of transport. And you know I’m right! Have a good day Sir!

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    Sifu

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Sifu - I suggest the suttle difference between you and me is that if someone explains that there's a more environmentally friendly way of doing something I do it. I don't get my tyres from India or Tiawan - they're cheap and nasty! Perhaps, perhaps with the car, but it won't get it down like sustainable alternatives do and aside from environmental issues it wont solve congestion problems. Good try though!

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    oultonbroadman

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Perhaps Merrydancer could, with the benefit of his superior brain, enlighten us with a better scheme.

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    Grumpygramp

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • For those who don't believe a third crossing will create more traffic, I quote Bob Blizzard: "The problem is not so much too many cars coming into Lowestoft but rather not enough." On the argument that the traffic would be running freely, two points: It's still an increase in casrbon emissions. Secondly, it's because it would in initially make driving easier that ultimately it will create more congestion - people will simply continue using cars and not consider alternatives

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    oultonbroadman

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • You both got it right about my tyres! Sifu, you do lack originality. Not all of us who wear lycra are louts - are you saying Bradley Wiggins is? I don't dispute that there are radical improvements needed for public transport - ironically because so many people have tired of driving. That's because we've concentrated on the car too much. You've got a point however that it can put some off public transport, but don't use sarcastic extremes to make it. My point is simple - if those who don't really need to use cars didn't, it would be so much easier for everyone who did - like me when I do drive. You're seriously saying that if everyone cycled it would cause the same problems as the car? You're just using the classic 'hate cyclists' perceptions of motorists who tar us all with the same brush, conveniently forgetting how many of them regularly drive 10 mph over the speed limit, to mention just one thing. Motorists jumping red lights have killed and injured far more pedestrians than cyclists have. Sadly it clouds things when you make a resonable point, as perhaps you did about India and Taiwan, but you use it to justify uneccessary car use in this country - two wrongs don't make a right. Yes, eventually the car may be far more eco-friendly but by then it will be too late.

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    oultonbroadman

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Sifu - I give you full marks for trying - no, I don't get my tyres from Taiwan or India - they don't last '5 minutes.' Yes, the car is getting slowly eco friendlier but it will never properly resolve the problem. Put simply, instead of all these round the houses arguments, just answer me directly about short car journeys, and what about childhood obesity? By the way, I'm not saying ditch the car, just use them more repsonsibly. You make my point suggesting I'm saying that. You're seriously suggesting cyclists' drinking bottles compare with the environmental damage caused by cars?

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    oultonbroadman

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Oultonbroadman AkA Mr T. The simple fact is most people prefer to travel by car because it’s convenient, which mass transit rarely is. They can go from place to place directly, choosing their own route and schedule. They can do so day and night. They can stop as frequently as they wish for any reason (do shopping, errands, drop off kids, etc.). This phenomenon has a name: freedom, Now your the only one being vociferous about sustainable transport and cycling only and lets ditch the car etc etc. But if we can get our local Councils to try and copy the Dutch way of building roads with Cycle Roads then that would be a start. Now Mr Colby is correct in what he is trying to do for Lowestoft and that is get the ball rolling for jobs and investment here in the Town and also trying to free up a bottleneck the bascule bridge and get transport moving a bit easier around the Lowestoft and as long as it includes Cycle and pedestrian with it then all the better for everyone, but without major investment in Lowestofts road and infrastructure Buisiness will continue to suffer remember its about getting employment up so more people have money to spend here local in the shops espically for the younger generation. so stick to what you are best at Time trials! Best Regards.

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    Sifu

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • I like the Dutch analogy. Let's have proper cycle provision like they do in the Netherlands as well! I don't think this is an idiotic scheme, but it would need a detailed environmental study. I do not anticipate that it will receive any support from the PM.

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    point du jour

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Sifu - I think many people are finding that the so-called freedom that a car offers is no longer all it's been cracked up to be. It seems to explain why so many are returning to rail, despite all the supposed problems - some of which I agree with, but it makes the point all the more. Also, a 1-year survey found that car use went down but there were 40 million more journeys made by bike. Part of the reason the freedom the car offered is being destroyed is because it's been tried to protect that freedom - so to speak - by building more roads, which has actually lessened the freedom. It's been largely to cater for people on ridculously short journeys, which in truth has nothing to do with freedom and genuine car users - like me! - should realise that. I believe I have more genuine need of a car than many of those who criticise me.

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    oultonbroadman

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • It's clear that the majority of Mr Colby's vociferous supporters are people who don't want to accept that we have got to reduce car use. Bob Blizzard publicly stated that he wants more cars in Lowestoft So Grumpygramp my solution is no third crossing - it wont cost a penny!

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    oultonbroadman

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Oultonbroadman!... good to see you back! Firstly Carbon emissions now as we in this Country don’t make that much components like the tyres and inner tubes on your bike say they are probably made in India or ChinaTaiwan now do these Countries worry about Carbon emissions? no and you know why they don’t want to over burden there companies with extra tax's that will then push up the price of your Bike parts so then they cannot produce them cheap for you, it’s the same with Cars more miles per gallon smaller engines and probably within the next 20 years no more petrol or diesel cars! Maybe all electric engines or Hydrogen or Solar powered cars or maybe the Car is gone completely and replaced by something else. It’s the same with Waste I bet you take all your different coloured bottles to the bottle bank and make sure you put each bottle in its correct colour coded bank yes? Well next time your there and the little lorry turns up to collect them you will see he tips them all together in the lorry so then they are all mixed up now ask yourself why separate them? Because our local authorities want to make you think you are helping the environment and doing your bit, most of the glass is crushed to powder and put into tarmac for the roads. And let’s not forget Wind Turbines are not 0% Carbon free huh, The car is now and getting more and more Eco friendly and cleaner engines and let’s not forget Cows do more damage to the environment than Cars even more if you’re standing behind one! Best Regards

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    Sifu

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Even when it's not debatable that other modes take longer, you might start enjoying life more, being rid of that anger and frustration being stuck in traffic queues

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    oultonbroadman

    Monday, August 6, 2012

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